BNP leaders sit with foreign envoys; discuss political situation

Dhaka, Mar 13 (UNB) – A BNP delegation at a meeting with foreign diplomats in Dhaka on Wednesday night discussed the country’s latest political situation.
Meeting sources said the BNP leaders informed the diplomats about Monday’s police raid on its Nayaplatan central office and the arrest of over 150 leaders and activists of the party.
Issues relating to the recent widespread violence and killings of people in police firing following the February 28 judgment of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 against Jamaat-e-Islami nayeb-e-ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee, attacks on minority people and Shahbagh protest also came up for discussion at the meeting.
During the meeting, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on behalf of his party apprised the diplomats about the issues.
BNP vice chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury and BNP chairperson’s advisers Riaz Rahman, Sabihuddin Ahmed and BNP leader Jeba Khan assisted Fakhrul.
Diplomats from around 15 countries, including the European Union, the UK, Australia, France, Singapore, Canada, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and Iran, took part in the evening parley.
However, diplomats from the USA, India and Pakistan did not attend the meeting.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Shamsher Mobin said it was actually a tea party for the diplomats in Dhaka.
He said they discussed the country’s latest political situation, the police raid on BNP office, arrest of party leaders and repressive acts of the government.
According to the sources, the BNP leaders also informed the foreign envoys about the justification of the opposition’s one-point oust-government movement and necessity of the restoration of caretaker government system for holding the next general election in a free and credible manner.
The party also made its position about the recent political violence clear and said it had no involvement in the violence.
The BNP delegation also presented a report with still photos and video footage on the recent attacks on minority people and held the government responsible for it.
As the envoys focused on dialogue with the government for resolving the political crisis, Fakhrul said his party is always sincere about talks but the government is unwilling to sit with them.
He also apprised the diplomats that BNP is ready to sit for dialogue for the sake of a free and fair election.
Source: UNBConnect

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